PTA bans ‘Bigo’, warns TikTok over obscene content complaints

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) banned live-streaming application ‘Bigo’ and has issued final warning to mobile video platform TikTok over obscene content complaints.

According to the regulatory authority, live-streaming application Bigo has been blocked over various complaints regarding obscene, immoral and vulgar content being shared via the platform.

As per the statement issued by PTA, “Number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immoral, obscene and vulgar content on social media applications particularly TikTok and Bigo.”

“On complaints of immoral, obscene and vulgar content, streaming app Bigo has been blocked in Pakistan. TikTok has also been served with final warning on same grounds,” the statement added.

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Furthermore, PTA has warned companies owning various social media platforms to ‘moderate the socialization and content within legal and moral limits in accordance with the lawn of the country’.

The development comes as earlier, on July 1, PTA had temporarily banned widely popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds commonly known as PUBG after receiving several complaints regarding game’s negative psychological side-effects as several teens have been reported to have died due to suicide over matters pertaining to this game.